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Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

I love going to Otto at odd hours. Great wine and amazing antipasti if you need to nosh.
JeremyEG
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Apr 14, 2014
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

That's unfortunately not true. There are entire neighborhoods here with lots of very expensive crappy restaurants that seem to have a steady clientele. I love eating in Philly!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 12, 2014
JeremyEG in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

And we're going next weekend to relax and yes to eat great food! It takes us between 1.45 and 2.5 hours to drive depending on traffic. Can't wait!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 12, 2014
JeremyEG in Philadelphia

Date.... ordering seafood?

I've been happily married for quite a while but I would have felt strange I think if I knew a date of mine was that worried about what I thought about her menu choices. On the flip side, I very much like people who get excited about food and order things that clearly make them happy. Enjoy!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 12, 2014
JeremyEG in General Topics
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Never buy a fast food breakfast sandwich again..........................

I don't have a huge amount of counter space so I try to minimize the number of specific appliances I have around. Not that I would be interested in this one. There is such a huge market that targets people who are so utterly convinced they can't cook food in a pan or in an oven or cut food with a knife. Amazing!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 10, 2014
JeremyEG in Cookware

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

Well said Mcf. Visiting friends do ask me often for restaurant recs and unless they ask for something fancy, I almost always send them to lower-end places that are great. I never thought that the choice was between a chain and something 'fancier' or with Michelin stars or whatever. I would imagine that someone who seeks out an Olive Garden while visiting NYC for example probably isn't interested in the food, service, prices, or wines at Michelin starred restaurant anyway and they should enjoy eating what they want. On the flip side, if I'm lucky enough to visit say Portland or Austin or Madrid, you better believe I'm looking for as much advice as I can get about where to eat. I do think of a chain meal as a wasted meal when I travel but I understand many others do not. Most of us are interested in food when we travel but not everyone is on Chowhound or makes food as much of a priority. I for example have limited patience for reading about the angle of each seat on a 777 on FlyerTalk but there are countless threads of people trying to sit in row 17 because the seat reclines a bit further than the rest.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 08, 2014
JeremyEG in Not About Food

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

Those are all truly obnoxious.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 07, 2014
JeremyEG in Not About Food

MC Perkins Cove, ME

I used to love Hurricane and was sad that it closed. I took my wife to MC for her birthday and was underwhelmed. I'm a sucker for simple seafood up there also. It's not that I can't get good shellfish here in NYC but I've never thought it's quite the caliber of the stuff up there. It's hard to forgo a perfect basket of steamers or a lobster for a more complicated entree in a fancier environment. I can be convinced but we always end up getting take-out lobsters for $3-6 a pound at that amazing stand in Wells and eating them on the beach with an Allagash White and are just as happy.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 06, 2014
JeremyEG in Northern New England

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

And probably good for your body as well. : ) To play Devil's advocate for a moment though, I can list tons of foods and drinks I truly thought i would never like (sushi, bourbon, tofu, duck) and they are now among my favorite foods and I'm glad I gave them another shot. Ok, that's the end of that argument. We all like what we like and that should be good enough, especially when out with friends!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Apr 06, 2014
JeremyEG in Not About Food

Do you cook when you're down?

I hear you. This opens another thread possibility: How are your dishes different if made while you're down vs. when you're feeling happy.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 29, 2014
JeremyEG in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Well said and thank you for posting.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 27, 2014
JeremyEG in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Definitely, but I'm not sure there were quite as many upscale restaurants serving pickle plates as part of elaborate meals. I would also guess that fewer young people were signing up for pickling classes as part of a trendy weekend. But who knows?
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 26, 2014
JeremyEG in General Topics

Food trips from Savannah?

Hey All,
I will be in Savannah for 3 days and will have access to a car. I'd love to keep drives to about an hour but I'd love to hear your food recs for the area. All cuisines and prices are fine. The more local the better. Thanks in advance for your help.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 26, 2014
JeremyEG in Southeast

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Pickles are pretty popular right now here in NYC.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 26, 2014
JeremyEG in General Topics
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Critique my NYC food itinerary, please!

My favorite Shushi right now is Shimizu on 51st Street. He is flexible as far as price but I wouldn't plan on Omakase for less than $70 or so. I took a friend there last week and we had a baby squid piece of sushi that blew everything I've ever had from Yasuda, Gari etc. away. It's also quiet and near the Theater district.

Sorry, yes Otto is the casual place for the afternoon. Babbo is far more formal and requires either reservations or a wait.

I haven't been in years but you might drop by Decibel, a grungy but really fun Sake Bar in the East Village. Have fun!
JeremyEG
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Mar 23, 2014
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Critique my NYC food itinerary, please!

I'm not a huge fan of Red Farm but many others like it. Do you have time to head to the outer boroughs at all? I realize this isn't the right board for specific suggestions but my wife and I have been taking the LIRR 2 stops to Flushing and have been having truly mind-blowing Chinese meals.

I don't think you have any Italian there. I would throw in Babbo or a casual afternoon antipasti and wine at Otto if possible. Are you interested in Japanese?

I think Grand Central Oyster Bar is great for oysters and drinks.

I'm not sure what kind of cocktails you enjoy but I love the drinks and experience at

http://amoryamargony.com/

They are a bitters bar so there is no citrus in their concoctions but they do amazing riffs on Negronis, Manhattan's, etc.

I wan to try that Hanjan now! I've never tried it!

JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 22, 2014
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Viking Coffee Maker Expensive, lousy AND made in China

I have the same thing. I work as an actor and sometimes have to travel for theater or to shoot something and a director of mine suggested that I spring for a the stainless steel Frieling instead of the glass one that I had. It can literally be tossed in the back of the car if needed and of course you can have superb coffee anywhere you have access to hot water. Also one of my better purchases. On another note, how do you know when to replace the mesh screen? Thanks.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 22, 2014
JeremyEG in Cookware

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

You'll have a great time! I don't know where you're staying but we had a great time getting take out at the little lobster and steamers place and eating at home or on the beach. Peak season, the lobsters go as low as $2.99 a pound. Throw is a few bottles of Allagash White and you've got a great meal!

Haven't been to Jonathan's for a while but I remember liking it. I also have never felt rushed at Barnacle Billy's and I do love their steamers but it's a large restaurant with a big staff and I'm sure people have different experiences there.

Enjoy!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 15, 2014
JeremyEG in Northern New England

Area Mother Doesn't See Why Thai People Need to Make Food So Spicy

I've been offered those condiments at several places here in NYC but the majority of Thai places here are serving average, very sweet, Americanized Thai and do not offer such things. I just had a great meal at Pok Pok on the LES and sure enough, all the condiments were there.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 13, 2014
JeremyEG in Food Media & News

Area Mother Doesn't See Why Thai People Need to Make Food So Spicy

I saw them also in Thailand but the food was indeed spicy to begin with. Not everything of course (Pad Thai, some curries, etc) but others like the papaya salad took some serious work to get used to. And I have a pretty high spice tolerance! If you get the chance to visit, it's one of the most amazing food trips we've ever gotten to take.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 13, 2014
JeremyEG in Food Media & News

Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

I love the sushi at Shimizu. I've had some of the best omakase of my life there but I've also had more casual sushi meals where I enjoyed a couple rolls and a few pieces. If you go, ask to sit at the bar. I find it to be the most comfortable and one of the least pretentious sushi places of that caliber in the city. Have a great trip!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Mar 05, 2014
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Pinot Noir - Food Pairing [from General Topics]

I don't want to start a grassfed/cornfed debate here but since I switched to eating entirely grassfed, local beef, I have come to prefer PN as an ideal pairing. To be clear, I do not mean overly lean or tough beef, I mean buttery beef with plenty of marbling but it's certainly 'beefier' and less greasy than it's corn fed counterpart and I've enjoyed PN from both Burgundy as well as from Oregon. I even found a couple from the Finger Lakes that were lovely with a rare grass-fed strip. With a corn-fed porterhouse from say, Peter Luger's I might reach for a bigger wine but not so with the beef I cook at home.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Feb 06, 2014
JeremyEG in Wine

Roasting a Chicken - am I doing too much?

Delicious. Mine don't overcook either. Winter veggies are actually ideal for this. In fact, I rarely roast root veggies in the spring/summer. I'd rather top the chicken with a spinach salad then but during the cold weather, bring on the roasted root veggies!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Feb 03, 2014
JeremyEG in Home Cooking

Which Range Manufacturer Handles Repairs the most Efficiently?

This is helpful. Thank you. Also, to clarify, GE's stated policy is that there is no communication between the techs and the department that takes the initial description of the problem. This is not the case with Bosch or the other companies I mentioned. While people have great experiences with poor companies and bad experiences with great companies, I think it's helpful to know how companies generally handle these issues. That's why BBB ratings can be helpful to people. I choose to look for experiences from other Hounds when it comes to kitchenware and appliances and restaurants because I think there are indeed patterns. I can find multiple poor reviews of Eleven Madison Park here in NYC for example but the majority of the reviews are raves and I would put the place into the 'well-reviewed' column knowing full well that each of us will have a slightly different experience.
Thanks again.
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Jan 24, 2014
JeremyEG in Cookware

Which Range Manufacturer Handles Repairs the most Efficiently?

Hey Ferret,
Good point. I was a social research major and you're 100% right that I need a bigger sample size. That said, my 12 or so contacts with GE are enough for me to look at other brands in the future. Just as my multiple positive experiences with Breville, Gaggia, Whustohf, and Bosch are enough for me to continue to purchase products from those companies.

Years ago, I would have gone to Consumer Reports for this kind of info but I happily go to the Hounds when I'm making a decision about cookware or kitchenware or even cheese. The sample sizes certainly aren't huge but I trust the other Chowhounds (you included!) and want to hear any experiences with other range companies they would like to share.

Thanks.

JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Jan 22, 2014
JeremyEG in Cookware

Which Range Manufacturer Handles Repairs the most Efficiently?

Hey guys,
I hope you all had wonderful holidays! I've been so swamped with work that I think I went a full 2 weeks without Chowhound and I'm happy to be back!

I'm at the tail end of a truly awful experience with GE. In short, the thermostat malfunctioned and the oven would not preheat properly. The tech arrived and said he hadn't had time to read the notes about the problem but replaced the ignitor. We asked him to wait while we tested it but he refused and ran off. The oven malfunctioned in the same way and we got a bit nervous as the holidays were approaching. Consumer affairs claimed that it might have been repaired properly but that another part had broken in the 10 minutes after the tech left. The next appointment was for 12/30 and I spoke to GE multiple times about the nature of the problem but again, the tech arrived saying he hadn't had time to look at the notes and that we would need to be home for yet a third visit after New Year's because he had no parts with him. Anyway, their corporate office speculates that their techs may have been stressed because of the holidays and that December is a bad time to need a repair. I feel that at $175 labor charge/visit, they should put their stress aside and do the repair properly or not schedule the call.

On the plus side, I discovered that I can roast a pork shoulder quite well in my Breville Toaster oven at 200 degrees! I'm bummed not to have had an oven for either Christmas or New Year's but happy that this ordeal is over.

GE has been clear that they will not waive any fees and that the season was a primary reason for the repair not having been done correctly and they continue to remind me that a 9 year old range is difficult to deal with because it's so old.

Here's my question. Have any of you had good experiences with having your ranges repaired? I spent around $2000 on this range and I think that 9 years is actually not that old given that it has been taken care of. I'm wondering if because GE, unlike Viking and Decor, makes appliances across a larger price range, they do not put ample resources into making sure their repair services work efficiently. I can tell you that we had a minor repair on our Bosch dishwasher and the techs are articulate, thorough and responsible.

At some point soon, I'll need to replace my oven and I want to make a good choice. Thanks in advance for all your help!

JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Jan 22, 2014
JeremyEG in Cookware
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Fun Home

Sorry, Hecho in Dumbo.

Dec 19, 2013
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Fun Home

When I saw Fun Home I hit up Hecho and Dumbo and had great food! There is also a very good restaurant at the Public called The Library.

http://www.thelibraryatthepublic.com/

Enjoy the show. It's really great.

JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Dec 18, 2013
JeremyEG in Manhattan

Can turkey ever be good?

I agree with Hotoynoodle. The heritage birds taste nothing like the factory raised birds. We had a heritage turkey leg and the flavor was closer to the best pork we had ever tasted. It was crisp on the outside and dark and moist inside. A real treat. I agree though as a guest, be happy and make a side dish you like to compliment the bird. Have fun and happy holidays!

JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Dec 04, 2013
JeremyEG in Home Cooking

Need a good frying pan!

Hey there. You won't get a good sear on a non-stick. I would go with a ss or cast iron if the weight doesn't bother you and if you won't be cooking a lot of acidic foods. Good luck!
JeremyEG
HomeCookLocavore.com

Nov 02, 2013
JeremyEG in Cookware